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Supporters of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) might be surprised to learn that among them is a billionaire behind a super PAC that has pledged to spend $10 million helping Mitt Romney get elected.
Mark Konkol, the Chicago journalism superstar who won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting last year, is leaving the Sun-Times to join the startup of a hyperlocal digital news service covering city neighborhoods.
After amassing great wealth building TD Ameritrade, Joe Ricketts bought the Chicago Cubs for his family. Now he is spending millions to promote his political vision and unseat the president. Meet a big behind-the-scenes player in the newly deregulated electoral system.
Another super PAC contribution is drawing attention, this one via Joe Ricketts, the founder of online brokerage TD Ameritrade, Inc. His family also owns the Chicago Cubs.
Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts will spend $10 million on television ads and voter-outreach efforts to help Republican challenger Mitt Romney defeat President Barack Obama, aides to Ricketts said today.
A fiscal responsibility group founded by bilionaire investor Joe Ricketts has taken it upon themselves to assign Congress a good old-fashioned summer reading assignment: a book on the “fiscal cliff.”